This is too easy for Democrats: "McCain only hurt this process," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
"A lot of mavericks don't know a lot," said Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., per ABC's Matthew Jaffe.
"I think Senator McCain's involvement is sort of a blip. He hasn't been involved in this, and now if there is some discussion about putting this off and I don't think that we can do that," Pelosi, D-Calif., told ABC's Chris Cuomo on "Good Morning America" Friday. "I think the meeting was disruptive of the negotiations that were going on and the place that we were. . . . It will happen because it has to happen."
McCain is still hoping for a breakthrough -- and look closely and you can see the spin starting, in case it doesn't come: "I believe that it's very possible that we can get an agreement so that -- in time for me to fly to Mississippi," McCain told ABC's Charles Gibson. "I also wish Senator Obama had agreed to 10 or more town hall meetings that I had asked him to attend with me. Wouldn't be quite that much urgency if he agreed to do that, instead he refused to do it."
Up next: "Members of Congress and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson are expected to return to Capitol Hill this morning to try to revive a $700 billion bailout plan as it became the focus of partisan finger-pointing and attacks on the presidential nominees after a meeting at the White House," per ABC's Jake Tapper, Charles Herman, Z. Byron Wolf, and Dean Norland.
Bloomberg's Alison Vekshin and James Rowley have the details of the plan being pushed by Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va.: "Republican lawmakers offered a plan calling for Wall Street firms to purchase insurance on mortgage-backed securities and advocating tax cuts and relaxed regulations. Treasury officials had previously rejected a plan focusing on insurance in favor of one that purchased troubled assets, Cantor said."
This is how gambles work -- they don't all pay off. "John McCain's high-stakes bet that his return to Washington could help solve the nation's financial crisis may end up complicating both his presidential campaign and a government bailout agreement," Edwin Chen and Julianna Goldman write for Bloomberg. "McCain now has a battle on three fronts, and only one of them involves Obama: He opposes many aspects of the administration's bailout plan. And he's working to quell an uprising among Republican conservatives in the House."
"John McCain's self-appointed mission to rescue the Wall Street bailout plan teetered on the edge of fiasco," the New York Daily News' Michael McAuliff and Richard Sisk write. "While Bush was trying to bring parties together, McCain took sides with House Republicans against the President's proposal, according to his campaign's statement."
Still, a possibility: "McCain's move could serve to jolt House Republicans into stepping up support for the plan today -- if only to speed McCain's way to Mississippi tomorrow night," Time's Michael Duffy reports.